Date published: Friday 16th December 2016 11:00
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has been impressed by Chelsea’s “very high level of competitiveness” that has seen them rise to the top of the Premier League.
Antonio Conte’s men have won their last ten league matches in a row – including a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday – and are six points clear of their nearest rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.
Mata, who swapped Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford in 2014, thinks the players at the club “suit perfectly” Conte’s new 3-4-3 formation.
“Right now Chelsea have a very important distance,” Mata told IBTimes.
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“They are winning everything, playing good or bad, because they have reached a very high level of competitiveness.
“They are playing in a very worked way, a formation that their coach had used in Juventus for several years and is working very well here.
“I think their players suit perfectly to that type of football.
“Diego Costa is at a formidable level, Hazard is also doing great… and also Cesar [Azpilicueta], who is the reliable man. They are winning every game.”